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Smoked Ribs - Complete Guide

While it may seem like a daunting task to smoke ribs yourself, the truth is that it is not as tough as you think it is. Are you considering smoking ribs for your next BBQ bash and want them to be nothing short of perfect? How to make smoked ribs? How to tell when smoked ribs are done? We're going to answer these questions for you.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked ribs
Servings: 1
Calories: 762kcal


  • Smoker
  • Cooking thermometer
  • Aluminum foil


  • 2 tbsp Dry rub
  • 1 cup Beer / AVC


  • First off, preheat your smoker to about 250/255 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember not to rely on the smoker’s thermometer – they often read hotter than the actual temperature that the ribs are cooking at.
  • Should you ​mop ​smoked ribs? Yes. I use a mop sauce during cooking to make sure that the ribs are nice and moist.
  • For a super simple and easy to make mop sauce, mix 2 tablespoons of the dry rub you plan on using with 1 cup of beer or ACV.
  • “Mop” the sauce on your ribs with a brush preferably small during cooking. You could also use a spray bottle and spray the sauce on the ribs.
  • A vital tip to remember – cook your ribs until the thickest part of the rack is at least 160 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. It should take about 5 to 6 hours for your ribs to smoke.
  • Make sure that you apply your mop every 45 minutes or so. 
  • For the last 30 minutes, use heavy-duty aluminum foil to wrap your ribs, apply your mop and then place them back on your smoker.


Serving: 6ribs | Calories: 762kcal